The Marine Corps has begun fielding brand-new night vision goggles to Force Reconnaissance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines, Marine Corps Systems Command announced on Monday, with the goal of achieving full operational capacity by spring 2019.
The Binocular Night Vision Goggle II (BNVG II), which will mount to the front of the standard issue Enhanced Combat Helmet, is designed to improve depth perception and visibility by "amplify[ing] ambient light" from sources like the stars and moon to better detect hidden objects, whether they're buried explosives or enemies using foliated cover.
In addition, the BNVG II's Clip-on Thermal Imager (COTI) adds a Predator-style (we hope) thermal overlay to the existing field of vision, allowing Marines to discern living targets under even the darkest of conditions. Together, MARCORSYSCOM officials say, they represent a major boost to Marines' lethality.
“The BNVG II helps Marines see enemies at a distance, and uses the COTI to detect ordnance or power sources for an explosive device that give off heat,” Infantry Weapons program analyst Nia Cherry said in a release. "The COTI intensifies Marines’ ability to see anything in dark conditions, rain, fog, dust, smoke and through bushes that the legacy binoculars couldn’t.”
The BNVG II, when taken with the new M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles and Mk 13 Mod 7 sniper rifles, certainly represents the gear of an even deadlier Marine. But it's also worth noting that L3 Technologies announced a three-year, $391 million contract for the new Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B) googles that effectively allow troops to fire around corners — to the Army. Soon! Christmas is just a few months away.
Two airmen were administratively punished for drinking at the missile launch control center for 150 nuclear LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, the Air Force confirmed to Task & Purpose on Friday.
Two F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters recently flew a mission in the Middle East in "beast mode," meaning they were loaded up with as much firepower as they could carry.
The F-35s with the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron took off from Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates to execute a mission in support of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Air Forces Central Command revealed. The fifth-generation fighters sacrificed their high-end stealth to fly with a full loadout of weaponry on their wings.
The U.S. Senate closed out the week before Memorial Day by confirming Gen. James McConville as the Army's new chief of staff and Adm. Bill Moran as the Navy's new chief of naval operations.
McConville, previously vice chief of staff of the Army, was confirmed on Thursday along with his successor, Lt Gen. Joseph Marin. Moran, currently vice chief of naval operations, was confirmed Friday along with his successor, Vice Adm. Robert Burke.
The Pentagon is producing precisely diddly-squat in terms of proof that Iran is behind recent attacks in the Middle East, requiring more U.S. troops be sent to the region.
Adm. Michael Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, said on Friday that the U.S. military is extending the deployment of about 600 troops with four Patriot missile batteries already in the region and sending close to 1,000 other service members to the Middle East in response to an Iranian "campaign" against U.S. forces.